Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ Grammys performance sparks ‘Satanic’ complaints

Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ Grammys performance sparks ‘Satanic’ complaints

It turns out some people were so upset with Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ Grammys performance that they’ve now reportedly filed official complaints.

During Sunday’s event, the Stay With Me Singer, 30, picked up the award for best pop duo alongside German singer Kim Petras.

The pair also performed their single Unholy, which saw the stage covered in red lighting and dancers in metal cages while Smith donned a red hat with horns.

But soon after, some people started calling what they saw ‘evil’ and ‘satanic’, while one commentator even suggested Sam had wanted to ‘specifically upset the American right and Christians’.

Now it’s been reported that some were so riled up that they filed complaints with the network broadcasting the event, CBS, as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

TMZ has said it has 18 of these complaints on file, and that many reference Satan as the main reason they took issue with what they saw.

Some are said to have claimed the performance was textbook devil worship and were apparently appalled by the imagery shown on TV.

‘I will be cancelling my television service due to this,’ one wrote.

Others called it anti-Christian, with one claiming the song had the potential to ‘increase violence against Christians.’

The BDSM and adult images were also listed in some of the complaints.

‘It was wrought with evil imagery, and depicted DEVIL WORSHIPING ACOLYTES writhing around on the floor virtually naked, and in CAGES,’ another was reported to have read.

‘It was broadcast on live television, and I cannot believe that CBS allowed it.’

One parent didn’t mince their words, claiming that their 15-year-old son, an aspiring musician, was ‘traumatised’.

At the time Senator Ted Cruz also made sure to weigh in, writing that it was ‘evil’.

However, others came to Sam and Kim’s defence, with one laughing over the controversy by tweeting: ‘Sam Smith kicking off a satanic panic with a hat that looks like it’s from the spirit Halloween clearance bin is killing me.’

‘I love the fact LGBT artists are reclaiming satanic imagery. Imagery that’s been weaponized against LGBT communities for centuries,’ another said.’

None of this seems to have caused much hurt to Sam and Kim, who have instead been celebrating their record-breaking win.

Kim is the first trans woman to scoop one of the coveted music awards and Sam is the first non-binary artist to do so. has contacted representatives for Sam Smith, Kim Petras and CBS for comment.

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